Plan the Ultimate Gal Pal Getaway
Whether you’re planning ladies night or ladies week, we want to inspire you and your girlfriends to book that well needed getaway. Our research* revealed that in 2016, the most popular types of trips for females aged 18-34 were beach vacations (53%) and city breaks (55%) and the most important factors were travelling to somewhere new, a relaxing getaway and great value for money. Whether it’s a chilled getaway with the gals, a fun-fuelled hen party, special birthday celebrations or some quality mother-daughter time...take your pick with Booking.com.
For the Beach Lovers - Sydney, Australia
A getaway to the sun-drenched capital, Sydney is a must on the wish list. Check out the most photographed ocean pool in Australia, Bondi Icebergs, have a picnic in the Botanic Gardens, take a hike through the Royal National Park, stroll from Bondi to Coogee or savour a cocktail or two with a view at the impressive Hacienda Bar. Top endorsements for Sydney, Australia by Booking.com travellers include sightseeing, harbours and shopping. Top nationalities that travelled to Sydney, Australia in 2016 include Chinese, English and New Zealand and the top types of accommodation booked are hotels aparthotels and hostels.
Where to stay: Bounce Sydney is the perfect scene for travellers on a budget but who do not want to compromise on style. Bounce Sydney boasts an on-site restaurant, bar, BBQ facilities and a rooftop terrace offering views of Sydney. You and your squad can choose from shared dormitories to private rooms and can meet fellow travellers in the three communal lounges and fully-equipped kitchen. This hostel is situated in Sydney’s artistic quarter with several chic bars and restaurants on the doorstep. Chinatown and the popular Crown Street and Oxford Street are both within a 10-minute walk of the hostel. Guests will also love the convenient public transport links to the famous Bondi Beach.
For the City Girls - New York City, US
Ripe with anticipation, every turn reveals something new and unexpected. The Big Apple is the perfect fun-fuelled getaway for you and your friends, from the neon lights of buzzing Times Square, the famed Broadway theatres to the sprawling beauty of Central Park. Top endorsements for New York City by Booking.com travellers include shopping, sightseeing and museums. Top nationalities that booked New York City in 2016 include American, English and French and the top types of accommodation booked were hotels, hostels and apartments.
Where to stay: Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is Sanctuary NYC Retreats, this retreat-style accommodation boasts an on-site yoga studio, Stanton Street Yoga and free unlimited classes for guests. This is the perfect scene to recharge your batteries after hitting the town with your girlfriends. Wake up to complimentary breakfasts and take advantage of the unrivalled location, with Midtown Manhattan just a short metro ride away and a stroll away from Little Italy and Tompkins Square Park.
For the Zen Seekers - Ubud, Bali
Bali is the perfect beach getaway for you and your gal pals and the perfect backdrop for those enviable Instagram snaps! Discover tropical rainforests, terraced rice paddies, Hindu temples and shrines, ancient holy sites and breath-taking coastlines fringed by swaying palm trees. Top endorsements for Ubud, Bali by Booking.com travellers include culture, relaxation and nature. Top nationalities that booked Ubud, Bali in 2016 include Australian, Indonesian and French and the top types of accommodation booked are guest houses, resorts and hotels. Be sure to check out the Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’ and the Ubud Monkey Forest!
Where to stay: Alam Ubud Culture Villa and Residence boasts two spring-water swimming pools and stunning views of the river valley and forest. The spacious villas are set on the hillside and come with modern Balinese décor. Enjoy a massage at the spa or relax with a yoga session before dining at Alam Restaurant, serving delicious Asian and Western dishes while loving views of the tropical jungle.
For the Party Goers - Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Dubbed the party island of the world, there is no surprise that the White Isle has made it into Booking.com’s round-up of must visit destinations for the ultimate gals' getaway. From the infamous ‘booze cruise’ boat parties to the legendary nightclubs and beachfront events there is no doubt you and your girlfriends will have the time of your life. The top nationalities that booked Ibiza in 2016 include Spanish, Italian and English and the top types of accommodations booked are hotels, apartments and guest houses.
Where to stay: The stylish Villas S'Argamassa offer self-catering accommodation, a private garden, a seasonal outdoor pool and are a short stroll away from the sandy white beach of S'Argamassa. This chic setting boasts an unrivalled location with the famous Nikki Beach a mere 200 yards away. The villa complex has an on-site restaurant which serves food and drinks throughout the day, or for something a little different Santa Eulària des Riu and Ibiza Town are both a short drive away.
For the Adventure Seekers – Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo has it all, from the bustling izakayas and beer bars, to the neon lights, looming skyscrapers and the infamous Robot Restaurant. Tokyo is a great destination to experience the best of both worlds. After hitting the town, discover the other side to Tokyo and visit Senso-ji, Tokyo’s most visited temple which enshrines a golden image of Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. Top endorsements for Tokyo, Japan by Booking.com travellers include shopping, food and convenient public transport. The top nationalities that booked Tokyo, Japan in 2016 include Chinese, Taiwanese and American and the top types of accommodation booked are hotels, Japanese-style business hotels and hostels.
Where to stay: Located in Shinjuku’s skyscraper district is the luxurious Keio Plaza Hotel offering sweeping views of Shinjuku and an impressive 21 dining options. The comfortable rooms at Tokyo Hotel Keio Plaza offers panoramic views of the Shinjuku skyline and Japanese-style Yukata robes and slippers are provided for all guests.
For the Champagne Lovers - Champagne, France
The picturesque rolling vineyards of Champagne are now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and produce some of France’s finest grapes. Take a tour along Champagne Avenue, an unmissable stop where you’ll learn the mysterious art of champagne making. And there’s more to Champagne, France than sparkling wine - this bubbling region offers an array of luxurious dining experiences, the historic Cathedral of Our Lady of Reims and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Where to stay: The contemporary country house of Le Mas Champenois is nestled in the picturesque hillsides of Champagne and offers a garden, seasonal pool and fresh daily continental breakfasts. A short drive away you will find Épernay which is famous for its champagne houses and the ancient town of Vitry-le-François is nearby too. Make sure you check out the world gastronomy fair at the beginning of August.
*According to data collected by Booking.com with 12,781 respondents across 13 markets in September 2016. Respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in 2016 and had to be planning at least one trip for 2017. All respondents had to consider themselves part of their travel decision-making process.